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Pocket Guide: Launceston

No matter what your interests, Tasmania’s second city has a lot to offer. From world-class vineyards and a buzzing food scene to picturesque protected areas and exciting outdoor activities, Launceston has something for everyone. The city’s picturesque period properties and hotels give its central district a unique character while Launceston’s newly renovated galleries and museums ensure there’s plenty for culture vultures to get their teeth stuck into. Sport is another popular pastime in Launceston and no trip to the city would be complete without catching a game at the local AFL stadium.

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Central Launceston – Home to many of the city’s historic buildings, hotels, museums, galleries and shops, central Launceston is the perfect place to start your exploration of the city. Enjoy a meal out in one of the district’s excellent restaurants, admire the Georgian and Victorian buildings or learn more about local art and culture at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, the largest regional gallery in Australia.

Tamar Valley – Home to some of the best wineries in Tasmania, the Tamar Valley is just a few minutes’ drive from a hotel in Launceston. Enjoy a day of wine tasting at one of the outstanding vineyards, stop for a picturesque lunch at one of the many restaurants in the area or take a walk along the pretty riverside.

Tamar Island – This unique urban wetland reserve provides an important habitat for the region’s wildlife. Visit the area to learn more about Launceston’s landscapes and about its diverse selection of wild inhabitants.

Cataract Gorge – The city’s biggest attraction, Cataract Gorge is less than a mile from a central Launceston hotel. Explore the walking routes that take visitors along the gorge’s steep sides, swim in the chilly waters or take a chairlift across the gorge for great views of the surrounding area.

How to Make the Most of Your Hotel in Launceston

Thanks to its wealth of period buildings and well-preserved streets, central Launceston is a sight to see in itself. Visit the city’s General Post Office which dates back to the 1880s, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery which was established in 1891, and A.W. Birchall & Sons, Australia’s oldest bookshop, which was founded way back in 1844. Other important sights in the city include the stunning Cataract Gorge, the picturesque Princes Square and the verdant vineyards of the Tamar Valley.

Whether you’re looking for a cultural city break, a foodie escape or an action-packed adventure, you’ll find something to keep you happy in Launceston. Explore the museums, galleries and historic buildings to get a feel for the city’s heritage, spend an afternoon in its pretty parks and squares to enjoy Launceston’s relaxed pace of life or head to the nearby Cataract Gorge or the Tamar Valley to get out and get active. To experience a bit of modern Tasmanian life, grab yourself a ticket for a local Aussie Rules match and enjoy an unforgettable Launceston day out.